Hosting a Mardi Gras party is a great way to celebrate and have fun with friends and family! Serving non-alcoholic beverages is also a great way to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all guests. To make the party a little more unique, you could make a signature non-alcoholic drink that can easily convert into a cocktail, such as Markette’s Sunset. Named after the original Glow Girl Markette Sheppard.
A Glow Girl is a woman who is confident, resilient, and determined to make a positive impact. She is a compassionate leader and understanding of others. She works to empower the women around her. A Glow Girl is a source of light and guidance, bringing out the best in those around her. Markette is creative and inspiring. She advocates for justice and equality, and is a role model to those who look up to her. Like this recipe inspired by her gentle spirit, Markette is full of goodness. Let’s raise a glass to the original glow girl, Markette! 🥂
- 1 1/2 oz blood orange simple syrup (recipe provided below)
- 2 oz freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/2 oz lime juice
- 2 oz Betty Buzz Meyer Lemon club soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of ginger (fresh is best but not necessary)
- Blood orange slice for garnish (optional)
- Add the blood orange simple syrup, vodka, and lime juice to a shaker filled with ice.
- Shake vigorously until the ingredients are combined and the shaker is cold.
- Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice.
- Top with club soda and stir once to combine.
- Garnish with a lemon peel and a blood orange slice.
Variation: add 2-3 oz. of Tito’s Vodka, a bit more simple syrup, and lime juice to taste
Markette’s sunset calls for blood orange simple syrup and lemon club soda. We used Blake Lively’s line of non-alcoholic mixers and made our own flavored simple syrup using fresh blood oranges. Making your own blood orange simple syrup is easy and can be used in various recipes! Try using this tasty syrup to sweeten cocktails, iced teas, lemonades, and other beverages. It also makes an excellent topping for pancakes, waffles, and oatmeal!
Blood Orange Simple Syrup
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 c. water
- 1/2 c. freshly squeezed & strained blood orange juice (or replace with your fave citrus)
- Combine the sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved.
- Reduce the heat to low and stir in blood orange juice.
- Simmer for 10-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool before pouring the syrup into a clean airtight container.
Remember to check out our other glow fam-inspired mocktail/cocktail recipes below. They’re the perfect addition to any event you might be hosting.